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<p>Janet Montgomery in &quot;Made in Jersey.&quot;</p>

Janet Montgomery in "Made in Jersey."

Credit: CBS

Series premiere review: 'Made in Jersey' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new CBS drama?

"Made in Jersey" is another new fall show I didn't have write a review of, though Dan and I discussed it for a few minutes on yesterday's podcast, where we agreed that any enjoyment you take out of it will depend almost entirely on your affection for star Janet Montgomery.

For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? A Jersey love letter or more of the same old stereotypes? Did you buy the English-born Montgomery as a Jersey girl by way of Marissa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinny"? Did you feel the show made good use of Kyle MacLachlan? Did you want to spend more time on the case or back with her family? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, and Chris Hemsworth prepare to rain some pain on some North Korean bad guys in the 'Red Dawn' remake</p>

Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, and Chris Hemsworth prepare to rain some pain on some North Korean bad guys in the 'Red Dawn' remake

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Review: Chris Hemsworth can't save the shabby 'Red Dawn' remake from frustrating action scenes

Even '80s nostalgia can't salvage this one

"I miss 'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare.'"
"Your life is 'Call Of Duty' now. And it sucks."

The original "Red Dawn" was released in 1984, and as much as any film of that decade, it is a product of its times.  I was 14 that year, and like most school-aged kids, I had been completely and utterly indoctrinated to be terrified of the Russians.  "Red Dawn" played expertly on that fear, and it helped that John Milius, the film's co-writer and director, is a glorious war-monger, a man who loves the way conflict defines a person.  The movie featured a cast of some of the best-known young actors in the '80s, including Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen and Jennifer Grey, and even if you were able to avoid the film's politics, it worked as an action film.  There was something about the film's invasion scenario that struck a very deep chord with young viewers at the time, and for many of them, it remains a nostalgic favorite.

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<p>Nicki Minaj</p>

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj lands three-part series on E! in November

Will Roman Zolanski come out to play?

Sorry Barbz, It turns out that Nicki Minaj is not getting a reality series, as had been rumored for the last few weeks, but she will be coming to a TV near you for at least three weeks.

E! will air  three specials on Minaj in November that will revolve around her professional and personal life, according to Idolator.  Does this mean we’ll see her and Mariah Carey cat fighting backstage at “American Idol?” Will her alter ego Roman Zolanski make an appearance? Let’s face it, with Minaj, you know it won’t be dull.

The three-part series will air around the release of “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded —The Re-Up.”

Minaj’s previous TV experiences include her 2010 MTV special, “My Time Now.”
 

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Oscar Talk: Ep. 89 -- 'Life of Pi' opens NYFF but is it a player?

Oscar Talk: Ep. 89 -- 'Life of Pi' opens NYFF but is it a player?

Also: Surveying the Best Actor field and disagreeing on 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

This week the New York Film Festival is launching and October is right around the corner. We're catching up with this and that along the way and have plenty to mull over as always, so with that, let's see what's on the docket today...

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Brittany Snow and Anna Kendrick

Brittany Snow and Anna Kendrick

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Watch: Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow talk 'Pitch Perfect'

While 'Bridesmaids' comparisons are welcome, the stars didn't plan on them

With its female-centric storyline about a group of bawdy, fun-loving girls who compete in a collegiate a cappella singing competitions,"Pitch Perfect" invites comparisons to the equally irreverent "Bridesmaids" -- and judging from the posters for the movie, the comparison is entirely welcome, at least by the marketing department. But according to star Anna Kendrick, it was never intentional.

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<p>Andrew Garfield will once again star for director Marc Webb in the sequel to 'The Amazing Spider-Man'</p>

Andrew Garfield will once again star for director Marc Webb in the sequel to 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

Credit: Columbia Pictures

Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield officially signed for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

With Emma Stone also in talks, could a Green Goblin announcement be far behind?

If you were a fan of "The Amazing Spider-Man," then you're probably pretty excited about the official news today that Marc Webb is now officially onboard to return for "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel, along with Andrew Garfield.

The press release sent out this morning by Columbia Pictures also confirmed that Andrew Garfield will return as Peter Parker and Spider-Man and Emma Stone is in talks right now to come back as Gwen Stacy.  I don't think anyone should be particularly shocked by any of this news.  The first movie did very well, so of course they're bringing back as many of the creative elements as they can.

James Vanderbilt wrote the first draft of the script, with revisions by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner, and so far, we have no concrete information about what they'll be doing in the film.  If they announce the Green Goblin as the villain for this one, then it's pretty much a sure bet we can start preparing our farewells for Stone. 

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<p>Suraj Sharma in &quot;Life of Pi&quot;</p>

Suraj Sharma in "Life of Pi"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi' roars into the Oscar season

The visionary filmmaker taps a narrative of soul and spirit

NEW YORK -- Translating Yann Martel's award-winning novel "Life of Pi" to film has proven to be a daunting task for filmmakers kicking the tires on it for the better part of a decade, but in the hands of someone like Ang Lee, it was already getting off on the right foot. While the film, which opens the New York Film Festival this evening, takes some time revving past a clunky first act, it eventually settles into a visionary sweet spot for well over an hour. Messy though it may be, it's affecting on the whole for the truths with which it concerns itself and the journey it so passionately suggests.

The story of the film is the visual scope of the endeavor, and Lee's work with visual effects artists and cinematographer Claudio Miranda ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "TRON Legacy") has produced some of the most awe-inspiring images likely to grace a screen this year. And indeed, Lee wanted that extra power, so much so that he was basically thinking of 3D before he was thinking of 3D, as he put it at a press conference this morning. "I didn't think it was possible without 3D," he said. "It needed another dimension."

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<p>Christina Aguilera in &quot;Your Body&quot;</p>

Christina Aguilera in "Your Body"

Credit: RCA

Watch: Christina Aguilera's trashy 'Your Body' vid will blow... your mind

Snooki meets 'I Love Lucy' vibe

If Christina Aguilera's freaky sex were a criminal, it'd be a serial killer. That's the point of "Your Body," which is equal parts "I Love Lucy" slapstick, Snooki and Beyonce's trailer park pin-up "Party" vid.

The colorful clip is automatically filed under "farce" with its initial warning, that no men were harmed in the making of this video. It's funny, 'cause men are sort of like animals, right? Anyway, it's nasty from the top, with Aguilera writhing in her campiest Strawberry fashions in the promise of a "killer week," trolling the bars with her lip gloss-dripping mug and gel tips, preying on stubble-sexy bro-dudes for playtime in cars, mens' bathrooms and cheap motels. And then she murders them, with an explosion of pink smoke and glitter or gratuitous splashes of blue semen-paint, strategically dripping from her mouth.

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Watch: 'Fringe' star Lance Reddick teases the final season

Watch: 'Fringe' star Lance Reddick teases the final season

Which Broyles is getting closure in these last episodes?
I was a little nervous when I sat down with Lance Reddick a couple weeks ago. 
 
It wasn't because Reddick is a terrifying man -- despite playing steely authority figures like Daniels on "The Wire" and Broyles on "Fringe" he's soft-spoken and friendly. 
 
It's just that I had already had a really good chat with Reddick at Comic-Con in July and given the secretive nature of all things "Fringe," there's sometimes a finite amount to discuss without new information.
 
Instead, my conversation with Reddick was perhaps the best of the slew of FOX-related interviews I did during the recent junket. We talked about what we can expect from Broyles in the final "Fringe" season, what it's like to approach this as a final season and what will come next for him. And despite the junket's relatively tight time confines, it's a fairly long interview, which our video guys figured would be more easily digested in two chunks. 
 
So check out the interview. The first part is above and the second part is below. I'm pretty pleased with it. 
 
And "Fringe" kicks off its final season tonight (September 28) at 9 p.m. on FOX.
 
 
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<p>Aimee Mann</p>

Aimee Mann

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HitFix Interview: Aimee Mann on new album, Patton Oswalt and bummer songs

Will that boxing musical ever get made?

Even after nine albums, Aimee Mann seems to always find a way to keep things fresh. She’s roared through concept albums, Christmas songs and soundtrack work; her last two albums “@#%&*! Smilers” and last week’s drop of “Charmer” have been decidedly pop-driven efforts, this new one with even more sonic layers and even a James Mercer duet.

But that’s not the end of Mann’s penchant for collaboration on "Charmer. She had Laura Linney star in the music video for the title track. Jon Hamm, Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster and others showed up for the clip to “Labrador,” directed by Tom Scharpling and is a shot-for-shot remake of Mann’s former band Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry.”
 
The latter is especially representative of Mann’s all-in sensibility, whether it’s putting herself out there as a nihilist in “The Big Lebowski,” as a boxer and sport enthusiast, as a one-time-only standup comedian (“It was terrifying.”), or as an actress in Kickstarter-funded film “Pleased to Meet Me.” Musically, she’s put both feet in ‘70s- and ’80s-inspired power pop for the set.
 
Below, we talk about “Charmer” and her various relationships to film, comedy and songs about suicide.
 
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<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;goes to a dark place in the season finale.</p>

"Louie" goes to a dark place in the season finale.

Credit: FX

Season finale review: 'Louie' - 'New Year's Eve'

Louie battles holiday depression and seems some familiar and unfamiliar faces

A review of the "Louie" season finale coming up just as soon as I throw some crayons into the skillet...

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"The Mentalist"

 "The Mentalist"

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HitFix Interview: Robin Tunney talks changes ahead for 'The Mentalist'

Why Jane and Lisbon may never open 'the locked box'

"The Mentalist" will be kicking off its fifth season with new episodes Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10:00 p.m., but that's not all that's new. It's a new night for the series, which will be up against stiff competition from NBC's Sunday night football and ABC's "666 Park Avenue." Star Robin Tunney isn't scared of no programming changes… oh, wait, maybe she is. I spoke to the actress at the TCA press tour and she discussed how she really feels about the new night, what she sees happening this season, and her feelings about Jane and Lisbon opening "the locked box." 

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